2013-06-19 / Obituaries

Sol Kroll, Former Putnam County Attorney, Dead At 94

by Eric Gross

Sol Kroll lived a long and fulfilling life.

Kroll, Putnam County Attorney from 1960-1964, who relocated to California, passed away last Thursday, June 13, at the age of 94.

Kroll was remembered this week as a “brilliant, multi talented, erudite, gracious, tough as nails but sweet as sugar unique individual possessed of an indomitable spirit who rose to great success personally as well as professionally.”

Kroll is survived by four children as well as grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

As an insurance lawyer for 71 years, Kroll worked closely with Lloyd’s of London and was the first U.S. General Counsel to the Institute of London Underwriters.

Kroll pioneered the concept of multi-state law firms when such firms, commonplace today, were non-existent. He also pioneered the concept of “claims made” insurance that became the universal form of professional liability insurance that is used today.

At last year’s Putnam Bicentennial celebration, Kroll returned to Carmel with his son, Elliot, to read a letter that he composed 50 years ago that had been placed in the Putnam time capsule buried in 1962.

Tears came to the eyes of many in the audience at the historic Putnam Courthouse when the elderly gentleman talked about “living in a world of peace and prosperity. My hope is when this letter is read in 2012, we will be united for the betterment of all mankind.”

The frail gentleman received an ovation.

Following the ceremony, Kroll told this reporter that he “never regretted a day” in his life, adding, “if I go do it over again, I wouldn’t have changed a thing!”



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